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Q:

What is Living Water Home Educators (LWHE)?

A:

 Living Water Home Educators (LWHE, LW) is a non-profit, volunteer run support group. Our support group provides many services and activities to our members. One of which is Living Water Enrichment Co-op. (LWE) In order to attend/participate in this co-op you must be a member of LW. These members work together to try to make the co-op run as smoothly as possible. Although, since we are all homeschool parents who wear many hats, it may not always run as smoothly as we like. We are always looking for more ideas and help from our members!

Q:

I understand that LWHE is a Christian homeschool support group. Does that mean that I cannot become a member unless I am Christian?

A:

No. Even though LWHE is a Christian homeschool support group we do accept members who are not Christian. We do require, however, that you read, understand and respect the LWHE Leadership Faith and Mission Statements (located at the bottom of this page).

Q:

What are the benefits of becoming a member of LWHE?

A:

The benefits of membership include:

  • Participation in events and activities organized by LWHE. These events may include middle school (H2O) and high school (Tsunami) fellowship activities, field trips, and various holiday parties (eg. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day)
  • Participation in seminars, workshops, and retreats (eg. annual Mom's Retreat)  designed exclusively for members. 
  • Participation in Living Water Enrichment (LWE) classes and co-ops which are provided from September through May each year.
  • Participation in our Science Fair, Spelling Bee, and LWHE Theatre Company.
  • Participation in the member discussion forum.
  • Email delivery of the Living Water Weekly eNews.
  • Participation in the Members Business Directory. The Members Business Directory allows for the free advertising of skills or services of members, to all visitors to the LWHE website
  • Access to private, member only, features and links on the website. (eg. photo gallery, directory, event sign up)
  •  Membership card which entitles you to local business discounts, where teacher discounts are given.
  • HSLDA membership discount.
  • Help or assistance as needed (eg. food pantry, Meal ministry)
  • Free bread items. 
Q:

If I become a member of LWHE must I volunteer in some capacity?

A:

Although it is not a requirement, LWHE strongly encourages all members to volunteer in some capacity during the course of the year. With a group of 180+ families there is much to manage in order to provide the resources and support that is expected from our members. At the bottom of the LWHE Membership Form you can indicate which area you would be interested in acting as a volunteer (eg. field trip organizer, administrative help, teaching, helping to organize parties, etc.).

Q:

Can I become a member of LWHE even though my children haven't reached school-age yet?

A:

In order for families to join, your oldest child must be at least 5 years old and doing a kindergarten curriculum at home. 

 

Q:

How much does it cost to be a member of LWHE?

A:

The current annual membership cost is $35 per year regardless of what point during the year you join. The Living Water calendar year runs from August 1st - July 31st. This membership fee does not include registration for LWE classes and it is non-refundable.

Q:

How is the money for the membership dues used by LWHE?

A:

LWHE uses the money it collects from annual membership dues in the following ways:

  • Office supplies
  • Website hosting service and registration 
  • Supplies for LWHE's various holiday parties
  • Supplies for LWHE's various fellowship activities
  • Renting space for various LWHE events
  • Insurance
  • Prizes & Awards for Spelling Bee and Science Fair
Q:

What is Living Water Enrichment (LWE)?

A:

LWE is cooperative and group learning experience for children (infants through high school) of LWHE members. 

Living Water Enrichment is NOT a substitute for the daily home education of your child and it is NOT a school.

Q:

Where is LWE held?

A:

LWE is held at Marlton United Methodist Church located at 2 Marlborough Avenue, Marlton, NJ  08053. The link to their website is:  http://www.marltonumc.com/

Q:

Is there a cost associated with LWE?

A:

Yes. Every family that registers for classes in any given semester is required to pay a registration fee. The registration fee covers a portion of the Building Usage Fee (the cost associated with renting a facility each semester in which to conduct the classes). The rate may change semester to semester so visit our LWE page for current LWE registration fee information.
 
Additionally, some classes may require a nominal fee for supplies as required by the class which is communicated in advance of registration.
 
There are, on occasion, classes on the roster that have an outside instructor who is paid to teach the class. In those cases, the instructor sets the fees for participation in his/her class and usually communicated well in advance of registration.

Q:

How do I register my children for LWE?

A:

Class registration is only available to LWHE members. Once you become a member and you have received your log in details for the members area of the website, you may register for classes by clicking on the "LWE Class Registration" link.

Q:

I babysit during our homeschool day. May I register and bring my charge to LWE? 

A:

Only children currently enrolled in co op classes can be brought to co op.

The only exception would be family members who may be off public/private school for the day.  If this will occur please let the leaders know ahead of time. 

We cannot allow children you are “babysitting” (or making an income from) to regularly attend or register for LWE.

 

Q:

If my oldest is only 5 years old may I join LWE classes? 

A:

Kindergarten Transitions (KT) was originally designed for 4 & 5yo who have older siblings taking LWE classes. Although we need to make sure we have room for those younger siblings, if there is space available we may offer a place in this class for those without older siblings.  

 

Q:

When are the classes?

A:

There are two semesters each year. The first semester runs from September through December. The second semester runs January through May.
 
The classes are held on Mondays but not every week. Typically there are three, sometimes two classes per month depending on the availability of the facility.
 
Class times begin at 9:00am and end at 2:00pm. Some classes (eg. Book Club) may only meet once a month.

Q:

What types of classes are offered?

A:

Classes change from semester to semester so for the most current class schedule visit the LWE page and click on the Class Schedule Matrix. For a detailed description of the classes, click on the Class Descriptions link.

Q:

Who teaches the classes?

A:

Our members do! LWE is mostly a volunteer effort that taps into the skill sets of our members. On occasion, LWE does bring in an outside paid instructor to teach specialized classes.

Q:

Is it possible that LWE teachers could be non-Christians?

A:

It is possible. However, any member that has volunteered to teach, or any outside paid instructor, must abide by and respect the LWHE Leadership Faith Statement and not teach anything that is contradictory to it.

Q:

I would love to teach a class! Who do I contact?

A:

Terrific! Contact the appropriate LWE coordinators below:

Bobbi Cascarella - Cascafam6@gmail.com

                    Nursery (0-23 months), Toddler Time (TT-24 mos-3yo), Kindergarten Transitions
                    (KT-4&5), & Early Elementary (6-10yo)

Amei Geldreich -hsmom4boys@yahoo.com

                    Middle/Upper Elementary (ages 10-14)

Ro Laberee - Labereeland@verizon.net

                     High School 

 

Q:

What curriculum or lesson plans do I use to teach at LWE? 

A:

You may decide to use your own curriculum or lesson plans. However, if you are just willing to teach but need an idea, a team leader can guide you.

Q:

I have never taught a class before but I'd like to start. How should I do this?

A:

We could always use new teachers!

We have many members within our group that are seasoned LWE instructors that will be happy to assist you in preparing for teaching your class! Maybe sit on some classes as a helper for a semester before diving in. 

Choose a contact from the answer above so someone can direct you to your "LWE Buddy". You can do this!

 

Q:

I think LWE is great but I have a class in mind that I would like to privately organize in the setting of my choice (eg. my home or someone else's home). Does LWHE have any objections to that?

A:

Not at all! While we are always looking for our members to volunteer to teach at LWE, we also encourage our members to faciliate their own private co-ops in the setting of their choice. Often times, this is the first step in feeling comfortable enough to teach a class at LWE!

Q:

Does LWE have any expectations of me as the parent and of my children as students?

A:

All parents are expected to make some contribution to the overall effort by serving  for a short period of time.  Students are expected to respect the rules of the church and the co-op and to do the assignments they are given in their classes.

Q:

Can I drop my children off at LWE then pick them back up later?

A:

Parents with children under the age of 10 must remain in the building the entire time their children are in LWE. You may, however, choose to ask a friend to be your child's guardian if you need to step out for a short time. Your child should be made aware of this situation so he/she knows who to ask for help if needed. Please also contact a leader to make them aware of your absence. 

 

Q:

I want to help in my child's class but my baby, toddler, or preschooler won't let me leave him/her. May I let him/her tag along?

A:

 This question has come up many times and it is getting more difficult to allow it so freely. As leaders of such a large group we have to consider all involved not just one or two families.  The purpose of staffing a nursery and 2 toddler rooms is to have a safe, welcoming environment for our youngest LWE children.  If we allow infants in classrooms with their parents it defeats the purpose of the mom being a helper in the class and can be a disruption to the class.  Our preference is that all children stay in their designated age appropriate rooms.  If parents have issues with leaving their children they can volunteer in the room of their youngest child if necessary.

Parents with "tag along" children younger than 12 mos. old may volunteer in the nursery or in the hallway, not in a classroom setting. Please remember that you are obligated to assist LWE in these areas, not to care solely for your child or use it as a social hour. Please review our volunteer definitions and stay at the designated post to best serve your fellow homeschoolers.

 Parents with a child older than 12 mos. may request a volunteer spot in that child's classroom (including TT and KT).

Please keep in mind all requests may not be granted. Requests are handled on first come first served basis as registration forms come in.

Q:

I'd like for my children to interact with other homeschooled children. What types of activities does LWHE offer for this purpose?

A:

There is an abundance of opportunities for members to interact with other member families including (but not limited to):

  • Living Water Enrichment (LWE) 
  • Field trips
  • Park days
  • Beach days
  • Various holiday parties (eg. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day)
  • Community service activities such as Adopt-A-Road
  • Special outings (eg. Bonfire parties, end-of-year picnics, etc.)
  • Youth social clubs (eg. H2O & Tsunami)

Additionally, having an opportunity to meet other member families through the above activities provides even more opportunities for private group playdates and activities!

Q:

Are there additional opportunities for interacting with other homeschool children beyond what LWHE provides?

A:

Yes! LWHE tries to provide as much information regarding "outside interests" as much as possible for the benefit of our members and the local homeschool community at large. You may find info about these events posted on our website as they become available to us. 

Examples of some "outside interests" may include (but are not limited to):

  • Homeschool sport leagues
  • Outside classes (eg. music, art, dance, riding, etc.)
  • Community wide field trips
  • Field days
  • Homeschool Proms
  • Homeschool Masquerade Ball
Q:

Does LWHE endorse every event and activity posted on their website?

A:

Not necessarily. That's why we've adopted our Activities Disclaimer:
 
"Please be advised that any activities that are advertised in the Living Water Weekly eNews or website may not necessarily be activities that conform to Living Water's Leadership Faith Statement. Members should not make any assumptions about the teachings or content that may be provided at these activities and should exercise due diligence before deciding to participate. These include activities that are considered as "outside interest" as well as those activities (including field trips) that are organized exclusively for Living Water members."

Q:

Is there a cost associated with participating in events and activities?

A:

There could be depending on the event. Some field trips are free while others may require admission costs. Public gatherings such as Park Days, Board Games Day, etc. are typically free.

Q:

How can I stay current with events and activities that are offered throughout the year?

A:

There are a number of ways to stay current:

  • Check the LWHE home page daily
  • Check the LWHE Events Calendar
  • Read the LWHE Weekly eNews which is emailed every Saturday to our members. The eNews contains information that was posted on the LWHE website that week.
  • Join the Living Water Discussion Forum.
Q:

I have a community service idea. Who do I contact?

A:

Wonderful! Please make this opportunity available to our members by placing it on the calendar for approval. We will then create a sign up.

You may instead choose to share this opportunity with our H2o (6-8 grade) and/or Tsunami (high school) club organizers. Don't be surprised if they ask you to help facilitate though!

 

 

Q:

I have a field trip idea. Who do I contact? 

A:

We love field trips!! 

Please contact Sharon Patterson sspatterson76@yahoo.com with your idea. She may ask you to be the organizer or contact person for this trip. 

Q:

Are there ways to stay connected with LWHE families outside of the forum or activities? 

A:

Yes. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. A link to these may be found on our website.

So go ahead and Friend us or give us a Tweet!

Q:

What's with the FREE bread?

A:

You may notice piles of FREE bread items being offered at LWE each week. Please take some! A sign will be posted as to how many loaves you may take for your family.  After, 12:30pm you may take all that is left over above and beyond your alloted amount.

When LWE classes are in session on Mondays, the bread can be picked up at the co-op site (only).
When classes end in May and until they restart in September, the bread can be picked up at the Taschek Farm located in Marlton (only).

How do we get this awesome deal? A local warehouse donates their bread to various groups. We have a team in place to pick up the bread and deliver it every week! If you would like to be a part of this ministry please contact Tracy Apple t.apple3@yahoo.com